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This article analyzes the recurring motif of initiation penetrating V. Rasputin's creative works. There are three types of initiation: the incorporation of others in the community, growing up of a child and getting a spiritual status (shamanism). The initiation of a child becoming a full-fledged member of the community is more common for the writer's prose. The initiation of children (under 7 years old) is accompanied by getting connection with the natural source: it happens when a child facesdoi:10.17516/1997-1370-0242 fatcat:wyrfvtixyba6ljofcdlpigv2su